Despacito Stars Condemn Venezuela's Maduro Over Political Remix

Despacito Stars Condemn Venezuela's Maduro Over Political Remix

Despacito Stars Condemn Venezuela's Maduro Over Political Remix

Last week record label Universal Music Latin Entertainment said Despacito in its original and remixed versions had reached 4.6 billion streams across platforms including YouTube and Spotify, making it the most streamed song of all time.

"That you illegally appropriate a song (Despacito) does not compare with the crimes you commit and have committed in Venezuela".

The singers behind the famous Despacito song are not happy after Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro used an altered version of their song to promote the constituent assembly.

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Critics say Maduro is trying to cement a dictatorship by pushing forward with the Constituent Assembly this Sunday.

Puerto Rican stars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee angrily denounced the "illegal" use of the song, the Chavista remix of which was played on Mr Maduro's TV show last weekend as government supporters danced along.

"What can you expect of a person who has stolen so many lives", asked Daddy Yankee.

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"At no point have I been consulted, nor have I authorized the use or the change of lyrics to "Despacito" for political purposes, much less in the middle of the deplorable situation facing a country I love as much as Venezuela", Fonsi wrote in a Spanish-language statement shared on his social-media accounts. Daddy Yankee added, along an image picturing a news story about Maduro's take on the song crossed out in red. "You dictatorial regime is a mockery, not only for my Venezuelan brothers, but also for the whole world".

It's been more than three months since the protests began in the country.

98 percent of respondents to a recent poll said they opposed the constitutional assembly, which would have the power to dissolve the National Assembly.

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Protests intensified in May after Maduro called for a rewrite of the country's constitution in a bid to control the ongoing protests against his government.

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